Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Imre Kovacs Papers, 1945-1980

Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID 4078434 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Kovács, Imre, 1913-1980
Title Imre Kovacs Papers, 1945-1980
Physical Description 25000 items (43 boxes; 1 oversized folder)
Language(s) Hungarian , English , German .

This collection has no restrictions.

This collection is located on-site.



Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged.


Scope and Content

Correspondence, manuscripts, documents, photographs and printed materials of Imre Kovács. The voluminous correspondence includes letters to and from his family in the U.S. and Hungary. The professional correspondence is primarily concerned with contemporary events in Hungary, Latin America and Asia and covers the years 1947-1980. Correspondents include many prominent Hungarians such as Belá Varga, Ferenc Nagy, Oscar Jaszi and Albert Szent-György. There are political and literary manuscripts, book reviews and lectures by Kovács, as well as background materials for his books "The Ninety and Nine" and "The Hearing." Subject files reflect Kovác's involvement with Hungarian emigre organizations and his work for Radio Free Europe and their Hungarian service. There are also files on the Free Europe Press and the Free Europe Committee. Kovác's 1957 trip to Asia and the Middle East is documented through correspondence, clippings and photographs. Similar coverage is provided for Kovác's 1963 trip to Latin America for the International Center for Social Research. There are related subject files on Latin American agrarian reform and campesino leadership training. Printed materials include articles by Kovács and others, as well as miscellaneous publications of the Hungarian emigration.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Access Restrictions

This collection has no restrictions.

This collection is located on-site.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Imre Kovacs Papers; Box and Folder; Bakhmeteff Archive; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of the Trustees of the Imre Kovács Papers, 1985.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers Processed EJS 01/--/87.

Revision Description

2009-06-26 File created.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Asia -- Politics and government -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hungarians -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hungary -- History -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hungary -- Politics and government -- 1945- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Latin America -- Politics and government -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Near East -- Politics and government -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical sketch

Hungarian writer and statesman; member of the Hungarian Parliament 1945-1947, Secretary General of the Hungarian National Peasant Party, staff member of the National Committee for a Free Europe in the 1950's and President of the International Center for Social Research from 1962-1963.